Have you been naughty or nice this year? Perhaps a bit of both? Since this is going to be our last Roundtable before the holiday, let’s just come right out and ask: What do you want for Christmas?
Here are the staff wish lists:
My Christmas list is short this year. I want a gaming headset for my new PC, a wireless keyboard for my HTPC, and comfy slippers. But there’s also one more thing I want that’s not going to get to any list, because it’s just too hard to find and too much to buy. That thing is an Olly Moss ‘Die Hard’ print. I’ve been in love with it ever since I laid eyes on it. I do own a few pieces of Olly’s work that he made for the podcast ‘A Life Well Wasted‘, but the ‘Die Hard’ print is my absolute favorite, along with the brilliantly subtle ‘Godfather II’ print. The ‘Die Hard’ print tends to go for $200-$300 if it hits eBay, so this is going to have to be one of those gifts I get for myself. So Bonus View readers, if you want to do something nice this holiday season, just don’t bid against me!
I just had a birthday, and my man gave me a 32″ Sony Bravia LCD TV which is now my computer monitor/Wii screen. I also got the ‘Just Dance!’ videogame for the Wii. (Yes, I’m very spoiled.) So I’m not looking for much from Santa this year. But since you’re asking, I’d love the ‘Zumba Fitness‘ videogame, as I’m having such fun with ‘Just Dance!’ and have managed to get a bit of a workout at the same time. Also, on Dick’s recommendation, I’d love the ‘X-Men Arcade‘ game for XBox. I’m embarrassed to think how many quarters I invested in that arcade game. It would be good to see if I still have mad Wolverine slasher skills.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
My actual Christmas list is heavy on TV-on-Blu-ray sets that I missed out on this fall, and those are about the only home theater-centric things on there. I don’t like having a backlog of unwatched stuff, and with so many of those hefty season sets being released within a few weeks of each other, I kind of have to pick and choose. If I were scribbling down a list now, though, I know for sure what I’d put on there. Yesterday marked the dark day where I’ve completely run out of media shelving. Not only are my dozens upon dozens of individual shelves all full up with a couple thousand DVDs, HD DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, but I don’t even have room to add more shelves. Sure, sure… I could free up space by ditching some of the dreck I know I’ll never watch again, like that review copy of ‘Manilow Live!‘, but more than likely, I’m gonna need to swap out some of my existing shelves with something bigger and better. If anyone in the family’s reading this and feels like getting me… oh, something like this), I’ll send you a really nice card or something. Promise!
Much like Adam, I’m running out of storage space in my home theater. My shelves are overflowing with DVDs and Blu-rays. Some of them are actually stacked two rows deep with discs. One particular unit has a bunch of discs wedged into the backside underneath my projector and facing the wall behind. Locating and pulling out a movie I want to watch is becoming a chore. However, unlike Adam, I don’t want to add any more or larger shelves to the room.
Quite a while back, I moved most of my DVD collection out of their original cases and into Discsox sleeves. What’s nice about Discsox (and makes them better than most storage sleeves or binders) is that they’re designed to allow you to keep the original case art intact with the appropriate disc. Even though the company also makes sleeves the appropriate size for high-def discs and artwork, I’ve resisted moving my HD DVDs and Blu-rays into them for some reason. Pride, mostly. I wanted people to see and respect my collection.
Well, the time has come to admit that I’m in desperate need of consolidating all these discs into a much smaller area. For Christmas, I would love to receive a whole mess o’ Discsox sleeves with the plastic trays (10″ deep) to hold them. Hint. Hint.
Since I live with Josh, I definitely do not have any home theater needs. And, unlike my husband, I generally prefer very low-tech gifts like yarn, fabric and vintage Vera Neumann scarves. But this year, there’s one tech gift on my list – an assortment of lenses for my camera phone from Photojojo. These relatively inexpensive lenses ($40 for a set of wide angle, macro and fisheye lenses) attach to your camera phone via a detachable magnetic ring. I don’t claim to be a great photographer, but I do enjoy taking pictures. And since my phone is usually within reach, it’s become my go-to camera. It would be fun to kick up its basic capabilities a notch with these lenses.
I’m not going to be “that guy,” the one who makes a cop-out excuse to not answer this particular question, even though my most pressing need this year just got taken care of when I replaced my Onkyo TX-SR606 (which started acting buggier than Jeff Goldblum in a Cronenberg film) with a new Pioneer receiver (one that I’m going to have to memorize the model number for all over again). Amazingly, I don’t even have any Blu-ray needs, since, unlike every other home theater gear purchase I’ve made, I didn’t finance the Pioneer by selling off a part of my home video collection. So…what do I really want for Christmas that doesn’t involve the suffering of a select few? A new gaming chair or recliner. I wrecked my previous chair in record time. (Less than half a year. What can I say? I crash more than I sit!) I fear I may begin to resemble a bean bag chair if I dare use one for more than a month. Real riveting and exciting stuff, huh, folks?
Most people complain about getting me gifts, because they know I love movies, but I have a job that affords me the opportunity to see and get all the movies that I love. True, there are some movies I don’t get to review that I have to go out and buy. But that’s just it, I buy them. Which in turn infuriates the people buying me gifts even more. It’s a vicious cycle. I find myself purposefully not buying movies, just so my family members will have something to get me come Christmastime. The Blu-rays I tend to stay away from are the humung-o complete collector’s edition sets. They always seem to be way more than I’m willing to spend, so naturally I’d love it if other people bought them for me. The top of my “I want it, but I’d never buy it” list is the ‘Lost: Complete Collection‘. It’s something I’d never buy for myself, but if someone gave it to me, I’d be thrilled.
I want the condo next door. We’ve lived in 635 square feet of space for the past three and a half years. While I don’t mind the limited space or the narrow floor plan, it does make it hard to have a TV of any remarkable size since there aren’t too many options for changing the layout of the living room without having the couch right on top of the TV. The owner of the place next door moved out of the country two years ago, rented the unit for one year, then walked away from it in the fall of 2009. It has sat empty ever since. This fall, the bank foreclosed on the condo, and it is currently for sale at a cut rate price that really bugs me. (We’re talking about a government backed program that is selling the place for less than 2/3 it’s current value!) It really pains me. (I want it. I want it BAD!).
Since the available unit is so cheap, I know it’s gonna go fast, which is a shame since it’s the mirror image of our own place, and could be combined with Casa de Attebery over the course of a weekend by removing one wall. That would instantly give us a nice big living room (not to mention two extras bedrooms and a spare bath), with the perfect layout for one hell of a home theater. I lie awake at night working out the specifics of how to remove the wall, where to add doorways to connect the kitchens, how to do all the finish work quickly but with plenty of style. Alas, it is not to be. I just don’t make the kind of money necessary to get my hands on the key. Any day now, I’m gonna hear movers bringing the new tenants’ belongings into the condo next door, and when I do, I will weep bitter tears. That place should be mine.
Considering what I really want for Christmas will send me into a maudlin and sentimental spiral that positively no one would ever, ever want to hear, I’ll go with something else. What I want for Christmas is that time-turner necklace that Hermione wears in the third ‘Harry Potter’ book/film, ‘Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban‘. If you don’t recall, it was something that, if you twisted it, could disrupt the time-space continuum, causing a number of ripples that only Richard Kelly could properly suss out. It let Hermione take a number of classes at the same time (NERD ALERT). But I would use mine for the ability to get all of my work done – I’d be able to read and write and see as many movies as I possibly could.
This Christmas wish will be read by two of my constantly-peeved, exceedingly generous editors. They’re probably thinking that they would chip in to develop the proper technology, or send away to Hogwarts for a patent application. This Christmas wish is also a really great example of what a square I am. When given the gift of time travel (or at least temporal disruption), I would use it to get more work done, not spy on sexy ladies like in the Nicholson Baker masterpiece/novel ‘The Fermata‘ or rob banks like in ‘Jumper‘. Nope. I’d be sitting at my computer, doing my work, listening to the Pointer Sisters’ greatest hits collection. It’d be automatic.
OK folks, now’s your chance to drop that last-minute hint to friends and loved ones about what you’d like them to get you for Christmas. Tell us all about it in the comments below.